As you are reading this I am flying 30,000 feet above the Italian coast. I have just spent a little less than a week in Italy with one of my oldest friends Maria, which justifies my long absence from the blogsphere.
Maria and I met in primary school, I can’t recall the ‘when’ and ‘how’ but I remember writing literature texts together for our school assignments, studying history together, eating sandwhiches in her gorgeous back garden and spending birthdays together, always accompanied by our youngest sisters. As with every childhood friendship, we had our ups and downs but years went by and we still manage to be in touch with each other, despite living in two different countries, she in Switzerland and I in Scotland. trip to Italy, Italy travel guide
It is not just our birthplace links and childhood memories that keep this friendship going strong; Maria, much like myself, graduated with a doctorate very recently, so after a couple of Skype dates (is that even a thing?), we resolved to travel together to Italy in honour of our doctorate successes and long friendship. And so we did! trip to Italy, Italy travel guide
The plan was to go to Naples only, however, by the time we decided to book our tickets, the price for the incoming flight to Naples doubled, so we decided to go on a trip to Rome and take the train to Naples. We set our alarms, got the bus and met at the airport. I had a backpack, Maria had a mini sized luggage that would later on cause a wee drama with the Ryanair staff – totally unfair but it’s all part of the game.
DAY 1 trip to Italy
We arrived in Rome on Sunday around midday, which gave us plenty of time to go to the hotel, take a nap and explore the city later in the evening. As this wasn’t the first time visiting Rome for neither of us, we opted to have a relaxing stroll around the river, have gelato in the island and chat about all things life. What we thought would be a ‘relaxing stroll’ ended up being a sightseeing marathon as all the historic sites and monuments where on our route and since we were there… trip to Italy, Italy travel guide
We laughed a lot, ate a lot and got tired a lot, until it was time to head back to the hotel and get some rest before giorno due of exploring. trip to Italy, Italy travel guide
DAY 2 trip to Italy
After having a traditional Italian breakfast, and by traditional I mean a sweet, carb based meal including bread, croissants, biscuits and coffee – apparently Italians cannot conceive eating salty things like sausages in the morning – we went for a walk in the northwest of the city, occasionally stopping in the shops, like the time I went in the Sandro Paris shop to try some dresses for my graduation (oops). We then headed to Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo that by total chance led us to the magnificent Piazza di Siena where we rent bicycles for the day and had the BEST time ever! I haven’t had so.much.fun in ages! trip to Italy, Italy travel guide
I found myself being the main driver in full control of the steering wheel and the brakes, and Maria being the co-driver. Foolishly enough, I started driving not paying much attention until I realised, 5 minutes into our ride, that I was driving on the left side of the road as I would do in Scotland! I panicked and started laughing hysterically because, up until that point Maria hadn’t realised my mistake either. We quickly got into the right lane and kept driving until we met a huge roundabout on our way to Villa Borghese! For the record, this was my first time driving in Italy but we did great and soon we found ourselves eating (another) gelato under the trees of Rettilario before heading back to the city to get the train to Naples… trip to Italy, Italy travel guide
More of our Italian adventure, tomorrow!
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